Basic Sierra Chart

How to download and install Sierra Chart
  • Visit the Sierra Chart download page HERE
  • Press the Download Sierra Chart button
  • Open the newly downloaded File. It may be in your /Downloads folder
  • Choose the Installation path (Recommending to use an SSD harddrive, not hard disk)
  • Click Install, then Open up Sierra Chart


How to open a new chart
  • Title Bar: File > New/Open Intraday Chart (or add a New Chart button to control bar)
  • Choose a desired symbol
How to customize charts


  • Select by clicking within the chart
  • Title Bar: Chart > Chart Settings
  • Adjust settings as needed. More on this HERE


  • Select by clicking within the chart
  • Title Bar: Chart > Graphics Settings - Chart
How to customize a DOM
How to open some else’s chart, or send one

Charts are saved as a .CHT file format. These must be stored in the USER/SierraChart/Data folder.

Often when downloading charts from other users, 2 things need changing:

  1. The symbol. Change the symbol or go to Title Bar: Edit >Translate Symbols to Current Service
  2. Change the session times to match desired. Title Bar: Chart > Chart Settings > Session Times menu > Session Start Time, Session End Time
How to change how many depths in the order book to load
  • Ensure a data package has been activated from the Sierra Chart Website, Denali as example
  • Title Bar: Chart Settings > Market Depth menu > Maximum Depth Levels
  • Change to desired value, 0 loads all available. 5 will show first five bid and ask depths
How to change bar widths and spacing
  • Select by clicking the chart to adjust
  • Title Bar: Chart > Chart Graphics Settings > Other tab
  • Candlestick With % adjust as needed
How to remove bid ask lines from chart

Title Bar: Chart > Show Bid Ask Lines is unchecked

Common Problems

Charts are blank

Try these individual solutions

  1. Title Bar: Edit > Translate Symbols to Current Service
  2. Data is disconnected or needs activation
  3. Title Bar: Chart > Reset Bar/Spacing/Scale
Very slow to open chartbooks when starting up Sierra Chart
  • Too many days are loaded, consider changing how many days are loaded
  • Select by clicking the chart
  • Title Bar: Chart > Chart Settings > Data Limiting menu > Days to Load Intraday Chart Data
  • Set to a lower number
Charts feel slow
  • reduce days loaded
  • increase chart update interval
  • delete excess studies, subgraphs, drawing tools
  • see Performance Guide HERE

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